MacMath to miss 4-6 weeks…

This afternoon the Rapids announced Zac MacMath had undergone successful knee surgery today and will be out the next 4-6 weeks. Wait, what?

There aren’t many details from the club website. Story here.

Who knows what happened or when this injury came about. Was it from Saturday’s match or has this been a season long lingering issue? Regardless, best wishes on a speedy recovery Zac!

Howard will be in net for the MLS all-star game tomorrow night against Real Madrid. One would guess that he would also be in net for this weekend’s match against Vancouver with Berner as his backup. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Rapids in pictures July 2nd…

The Colorado Rapids held an open training session for season ticket members today, giving supporters an up-close first look at the Rapids newest addition in US International icon and keeper Tim Howard.

The squad was broken up into two groups, one group being the players who most recently played this past Wednesday in the US Open Cup match against FC Dallas and the remainder of the team, most of whom will probably be in the starting 11 on Monday against Portland on July 4th.

Though he did not take part in training, it was great to see Dillion Serna at training and not on crutches. Serna suffered an injury Wednesday night against FC Dallas and is due to have season ending knew surgery soon. Also great to see Sean St. Ledger and Bobby Burling, who have both been out of action due to injury. Shkelzen Gashi’s back from Albanian National team duties in the Euro 2016 tournament. The only noticeable absentee was Jermaine Jones.

Rapids in pictures June 12th-18th…

Here are just a few pics I took of our Burgundy Boys from the past week in matches against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks F.C. in the U.S. Open Cup action and the Chicago Fire in MLS action.

 

The Full 90: Week 10 – RSL @ Rapids

Here’s a recap of the 2nd leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup.

The GOOD – 5-0 at home! Rapids are alone at the top of the table with 20 pts! Created plenty of chances throughout the entire game, outshooting RSL 17-13. Rapids were aggressive on offense. Defense negated any chance of an RSL offensive threat in the first half. MacMath was huge in goal tonight, you dont get to say that often.

The BAD – Joao Plata, a difference maker whenever he enters any game for RSL. Rapids defense looked sloppy and almost Chelsea-like (parking the bus) deep in their half of the field in the second half at times.

The UGLY – The weather. 3rd straight match of lousy weather at home doesn’t bring out the fair weather fans to DSGP.

The Rapids sit all alone on top of the Western Conference and in the race for the Supporters’ Shield race with 20 pts. Record 6-2-2.

No one saw this coming, no one. But there’s still a long way to go in the season.

The Full 90: Week 6 – Rapids 0 @ Salt Lake 1 recap…

The Rapids just cant win at Rio Tinto.

The GOOD – The first half, both the start and the final minutes. Shots (14 to 11) and shots on target (6 to 4) were in favor of the Rapids.

The BAD – a depleted bench maybe forced Pablo’s decisions on substitutions, only making one, Badji on for Powers(78th), especially with an upcoming match mid week against Sporting KC.

Rapids lacked possession and did very little to dictate the pace of the game.

The first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup goes to RSL.

The UGLY – MacMath’s blunder in net or should I say out of the net, leading to the RSL gifted goal by Plata. Sjoberg also gets some of the blame for the RSL goal.

SUMMARY

The Rapids are 0-2-1 on the road, and as usual their road record is going to determine whether this team makes the playoffs this season. A road game at division leading Sporting KC coming up on Wednesday, this becomes a must win game for the Rapids.

Rapids through five games are 2-2-1 with 7 points, 6th place in the Western Division. Through the first 5 games of 2015, the Rapids were 1-1-3 with 6 points.

The Full 90: Week 4 – Rapids 1 @ D.C. United 1 recap…

If you thought last weekend’s game against the Galaxy was sloppy, then this one made it look like a world class performance. Still a point is better than none.

The GOOD – Pappa makes an impact in his second consecutive game with an assist on the corner kick that was headed into the net by Dillon Powers in the 69th minute.

The BAD – Defensively gave up too many shots to United(19), 15 of those were from open play. Mistake by MacMath in the 80th minute that led to an equalizer goal for United. No Gashi due to a one game suspension, leaving a lack of creativity, support and shots from the midfield offensively. Rapids only had 8 shots for the game, 1 on target.

The UGLY – Sloppy game overall by both clubs. Rapids + National TV = Ugly soccer.

Rapids are 1-1-1 with 4 points after 3 games. 8th place in the Western Conference

The Full 90: Week 2 – Galaxy 0 @ Rapids 1 recap…

What a win, Saturday night for the Rapids and their faithful.

The GOOD – Offensively the Rapids outshot the Galaxy 14-9, with 10 of those shots coming from open play and 8 of those were on target. Defensively the Rapids held LA to one shot on target for more than two-thirds of the game. Frustrated and kept Robbie Keene in check for most of the night. The Rapids didnt play for the point, like I thought they would late in the game, that is called progress, though it’s still very early in the season. MacMath gets a clean sheet. Marco Pappa off the bench with a beautiful shot in stoppage time to kill the Galaxy hopes.

The BAD – Sloppy for a good part of the game by both sides. The Rapids didnt score more than 1 goal, they created plenty of chances, but Rowe in goal for the Galaxy was superb until the 95th minute.

The UGLY – The look on Bruce Arena’s face after the loss.

The Rapids are 1-1-0, with 3 points after 2 games.

4 questions heading into the Rapids season opener…

There are four questions in relation to the Rapids that come to mind as we head into the MLS season just days away.

Question #1Can the Rapids be the Leicester City of MLS this season? Meaning, can Pablo & Co be THE talk of the league, the top dog in the Supporter’s Shield race or even win the MLS Cup? Short answer, NO. Sure it’s possible and it would be great for the supporters and the league if the Rapids could pull off such a feat, but as long as Mastroeni is in charge, I dont see it happening. His substitution patterns are more times than not questionable at best. And he hasn’t grasped the idea of attacking football and how to implement it. The Rapids have hopes of a great season as the other 19 teams in MLS, but they will not be good enough to take the league by storm, though stranger things have happened.

Question #2 – Speaking of Mastroeni, he is no doubtedly on the hot seat coming this season. Does Pablo get the axe or does he make it through the whole season? How will he(Pablo) fare as 2016 rolls along? Will he be like Brendan Rogers (fired early season), Jose Mourinho (mid-season) or more like Louis Van Gaal, hanging on week in and week out throughout this season?

I strongly believe that if the Rapids get off to a bad start in March, April and maybe some into May that he is gone, adios, arrivederci, giving assistant coach John Spencer time to shape the team the way he wants especially before the pending arrival of Tim Howard in July. Though there is still nothing officially announced on this possible move.

Question #3Who will the Rapids miss the most this season Clint Irwin, Vicente Sanchez, Gaby Torres or Drew Moor? Quick answer without a doubt, Irwin, A LOT! Nothing against McMath, but you still have to prove to us that you’re capable in net. It’s gonna be difficult with a legendary Tim Howard looking over your shoulder even from as far away as Everton.

Next would be Sanchez. Many times last season he was the only spark offensively the Rapids had, the one player who could create and play 1v1 against opposing defenders, making him a fan favorite.

Question #4 – Can this season’s tandem of Doyle & Gashi be as good as the scoring duo of Conor Casey & Omar Cummings? Rapids fans can only hope so! We have yet to see much of Doyle and Gashi together on the pitch, but something tells me that if the midfield can move the ball forward and not create turnovers, this could be a special pair for the Rapids.

Those are just a few questions that came to mind for me as we head into the 2016 season starting in just 4 short days! Your thoughts? And what other questions do you have for this season?

Rapids Recap Dec 6-12…

Here’s what has transpired with the Rapids this past week.

Dec 9 – Rapids re-sign Sean St. Ledger – Good decision by the Rapids front office on the re-signing of St. Ledger. He was solid on the Rapids back line since he came over late in the season from Orlando.

Rapids take Michael Azira in Waiver Draft – The Ugandan international midfielder was the only player taken in last Wednesday’s waiver draft. Azira, 28 has 2 years MLS experience, both with the Sounders. He made 25 appearances, with 14 starts. This was definitely a salary cap-friendly pickup for the Rapids, that could pay off for the club in 2016.

Dec 11Rapids acquire MacMath from Union – Another good decision by the RFO in bringing back MacMath to back up Irwin in net. Rapids traded a 2017 2nd round pick to the Philadelphia Union for MacMath. MacMath made just 3 appearances last season for the Rapids.

 

Preseason: Rapids drop points to Sporting, 2-2 draw…

I know it’s only preseason, but if this were the regular season, the Rapids who lead for a majority of the game holding 3 points in their grasp. Sporting scored in the 77th and the tying goal in the 78th minute, both goals coming after the Rapids were playing down a man on the ejection of Francisco Flores in the 75th minute.

Again it’s only preseason but this is where the Rapids have to begin to tighten the screws and bolts as they head into the start of the new season and a loss like this can hopefully serve as a learning point moving forward. Points dropped during the season like this will serve as another long season for the Rapids and their fans.

Dominque Badji and Gaby Torres both scored for the Rapids with assists from Lucas Pittinari and Vicente Sanchez. Zac MacMath was in net for the Rapids. If you include the preseason game against UNLV, then the Rapids are 1-1-1 so far this preseason.

Rapids will play their next preseason game of the Desert Diamond Cup against the New England Revolution this Saturday.